Yankees Sign Carlos Beltran
Finally, the Yankees get Beltran. And finally, Beltran fits himself into pinstripes. In a union that nearly consummated almost exactly ten years ago, Beltran agrees to — wait for it — LESS money than he was offered elsewhere to become a Bronx Bomber.
According to various reports, Beltran had been offered 3-year deals for more than $45M from other teams, including the Diamondbacks. This time around, though, Beltran eschewed the dollars and went with his heart — leaving possibly $3M on table to make memories as a Yankee.
It’s a good signing by the Yanks, who desperately needed to add to their collection of aging position-player/DH types. Somehow, Joe Girardi finds a way to mix and match all of his DHs to keep his team competitive, so I can’t be too critical. If he’s limited to 125-130 games, including a few dozen DH appearances, Beltran likely will continue to be a .800+ OPS hitter, and that’s not too shabby.
Surely there are Mets fans who would have liked to see Beltran back in Flushing, but at this point in his career, with his battered legs, Beltran needs that DH spot as well as supporting characters to perform at his best. I don’t believe he could be the 150-game starting rightfielder the Mets need Curtis Granderson to be.
Which brings up an interesting point: why did the Yankees completely ignore Granderson (other than extending a qualifying offer) — who has proven to be an extremely capable offensive force in Yankee Stadium — and court a broken-down Beltran for a similar cost? Was it really all about Grandy’s demand for a fourth year, or do the Yankees know something we don’t?
What’s your thought on the Beltran signing? Why do you think the Yankees preferred Beltran over Granderson? Answer in the comments.